• MARCH:    In its April 15, 2020 release, the United States Department of Agriculture  reported that "Wholesale egg prices (New York, Grade A Large) more than tripled in March [2020], increasing from 101 cents per dozen at the beginning of  the month to 307 cents per dozen at the end of the month, the highest price on record." It was the Department's opinion that there would be an "expected" rise at this time because of the traditional demand for so-called "Easter eggs", but they said that that normal increase was compounded by stronger-than usual consumer demand as people anticipated having to prepare more at-home meals due to the shut-in and shut-down rules brought about by the rapidly developing coronavirus. Egg prices peaked at the retail level this month as stores rushed to keep their shelves stocked, and a significant drop in shell egg inventories for large eggs occured, bringing available eggs below historical levels. This happened after those levels had been above normal for more than a year. 

  •     The Agriculture Department report said that this spike in retail demand had come at a time when the egg industry was undergoing a period of contraction. It said that what is called "table egg" production in February of this year-estimated at 649 million dozen-had actually decreased on a year-to-year basis for the first time since April, 2016; the decline coming to 1.1 percent (with an adjustment for this year's Leap Year Day). While the Department said that what it calls the "lay rate" for birds has continued to rise compared with the rate achieved last year, yet the size of the laying flock has actually fallen counterseasonally for the second month in a row, down to 330 mkillion layersas of March 1 of this year, a number which is 3.5 percent below the  size of the 2019 layer flock, and 0.9 percent below the size of the 2018 layer flock. The Department's report added the comment that, while this decrease in the overall size of the layer flock may seem counterintuitive considering the high March wholesale egg prices, it comes as American egg producers have spent the past year reducing what had been an oversupply of table eggs, which had caused weaker wholesale prices for a good part of last year and  the beginnong of this year. These factors, the Department predicted, would probably bring prices back down to more sustainable levels. The April 15,2020 report found  that-in the beginning of April of this year-"egg prices began decreasing rapidly". It said that the movement of egg supplies away from the food-service sectors to retail consumers has likely increased retail supplies [and reduced perceived shortages by consumers-G. Dempsey] at the same time that retail sellers have been able to restock their cases and demand has eased. Despite these factors, though, the Department was raising its forecast for ultimate egg prices to 127 cents per dozen, because of recent price increases  and what is expected to be lower forecast production; such a revised price target would be as much as 35 percent higher than 2019 average prices.  (Source:  Report, "Tightening Egg Supply and Surge in Retail Demand Pushed Wholesale Egg Prices to Record Levels in March" no author given, in United States Department of Agriculture  Economic Research Service report-Dairy, by Jerry Cessna [April 15, 2020],  pages 17-18 at: retrieved 5/11/2020 by G. Dempsey).












  •    According to an article published in the NEW YORK TIMES on October 25, 2011, "Bankers [in the United States] have an odd-sounding problem these days: they are awash in cash." The article says that "droves" of consumers and business organizations have been frightened by the volatility of the investment markets at this time, and as a result they are running out of what they consider to be riskier investments and parking their funds in more stable bank accounts. This, according to the TIMES report, does little to stimulate the economy. At the same time, there are fewer attractive opportunities for the banks themselves to turn all of this money around and make decent  profits for themselves. In August of 2011, according to the TIMES, BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON warned that it would begin to charge a 0.13% fee on the deposits of certain of their customers who were actively moving large amounts of cash in and out of their accounts. Other large banks are trying to discourage these heavy inflows by such methods as paying extremely low interest rates on checking accounts and certificates of deposit. Without more promising opportunities for using these large inlows, the banks are basically stuck with just sitting on the money, and this tends to stall the overall economy.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Banks Flooded With Cash From the Cautious" by Eric Dash and Nelson D. Schwartz, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, BUSINESS Section, pages B1 and B11).
  •    At this time (October 25, 2011) in the United States, mortgage bonds backed by Fannied Mae and Freddie Mac are paying an average rate of under 1.15%; in recent past years this rate was up to 3.75%.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Banks Flooded With Cash From the Cautious" by Eric Dash and Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, BUSINESS Section, page B11).
  •    At this time also, (October 25, 2011), in the United States the stock markets are doing fairly well, despite  the fact that banks are holding large amounts of consumers' cash, with bank deposits up by almost 5% in a year. At this time the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up by about 2% for the year to date; the Nasdaq composite index is up by 1.7% on the year, and the  Standard and Poor index-a broad measure of market conditions-is up by 1.2% for the same period.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Summer Doldrums Continue to Fade" by Christine Hauser, in Stocks and Bonds feature, New York Times, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, BUSINESS Section, page B11).


  •   The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, January 22, 2010 that-for the first time ever in American history-more union members worked for all levels of government than worked in private industry. The Bureau said that, in 2009, there were 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers, and only 7.4 million private-sector workers . In 2008, there had been 8.2 million unionized workers in private industry. The B.L.S. reported that overall union memebrship stood at 15.3 million in 2009, mostly due to the decline in all employment. The rate of union membership in the private sector dropped because two sectors where such membership has traditionally been strong-manufacturing and construction-have experienced especially heavy losses.(SOURCE:  Article, "Most U.S. Union Members Are Working For the Government, New Data Shows" By Steven Greenhouse in New York Times, Business Day section, January 23, 2010, pp. B1 and B5).


  • In the Metropolitan Los Angeles, California area for the year ended on December 31, 2009, a total of 425 new single-family dwelling unit permits have been issued. For that year also, 303 permits have been issued for single-family dwelling units in the San Fernando  Valley area. In West Los Angeles, 242 such permits have been issued, and in the L. A. Harbor area, just 21 single-family dwelling permits were issued for all of 2009. That brought the Los Angeles citywide total to 991 single-family dwelling permits issued for 2009. However, a more-detailed breakdown of these figures shows that, of the citywide total of 991 permits issued, only 438 were for the construction of new units, while 480 permits were issued for demolition of existing structures, and nine units were lost due to alteration of existing units. This resulted in an overall loss of fifty-one dwelling units citywide in Los Angeles in 2009.  (SOURCE: See table prepared by Los Angeles Department of City Planning here:).

    •     In the United States as a whole for the fourth quarter of 2009 (ended 12/31/2009), 373,000 new single-family homes were sold, at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate. This represented a drop of 8% from the 406,000 such homes (seasonally adjusted annual rate) which had been sold in the previouis quarter (ended 9/30/2009), and down by 5% from the sales rate recorded for the final quarter of  2008. This is a reflection of the continued dismal conditions in the U.S. real estate market following the collapse of the housing "bubble" of the early 2000's.  (SOURCE: See U. S. Housing Market Conditions report for Fourth Quarter, 2009, dated February 2010, issued by U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, here:).

    •     In New Hyde Park, New York on February 6, 2009 the McDonalds at 2045 Jericho Turnpike is selling Filet-O-Fish sandwiches for $3.29 each, and Filet-O-Fish meals for $3.90 each.  (SOURCE: See sales receipt in G. Dempsey's files).

    •     At some time in January, 2009 a survey conducted by the Foundation Center-a chief source of information on American philanthropy-found that, despite their finding ealy last year that about 29% of charitable foundations were expecting to have to scale back their giving in that year, the new survey in January of this year found that  the percentage of those foundations which had actually done so had risen to almost half of them. Even bigger cutbacks were expected for this year and perhaps next.  (Source:  Article, "Foundation Giving in '08 Defied Huge Asset Decline", by Stephanie Strom, New York Times, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, page A16). 

    •     In New York City on January 3, 2009-a Saturday-the NEW YORK TIMES reports that economic conditions across the United States are so bad that an auto dealership in the suburbs of Miami, Florida is willing to give away free a second truck or car to customers who agree to buy one Dodge Ram truck. The TIMES labels current conditions as an "era of desperation marketing" as stores and auto dealers are willing to try almost any unorthodox tactic to make sales.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Desperate Retailers Try Frantic Discounts and Giveaways" by Jack Healy in New York Times Business Day section, Saturday, January 3, 2009, pg. B1). 


  •     In the year ended on December 31,2008, according to a report by the Foundation Center, which the New York Times calls "a chief authority on American philanthropy", America's philanthropic organizations have had a terrible experience, having lost almost $150 billion in their assets. The newspaper says that that is close to as much as they have spent in donations "over the last four years". However, despite those losses, the Center determined that the charities were still able to maintain the previous year's level of giving, which was estimated to be $45.6 billion. When adjusted for inflaton, that was actually a drop of just 1%. If the donations by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-the country's largest charitable foundation-of $2.8 billion were deducted from the overall total, the decline in donations from last year's level would have been almost triple that amount, or approaching 3%. The Foundation Center pointed out that the charities' steep loss of asset value happened very late in 2008 and, because of that timing, it expected that their payouts for 2009 would show an even larger decline. Bradford K. Smith, the Center's president, called the charities' drop in asset value "a staggering number, especially when you translate it into the work that gets done because of foundation grant-making". He called the current situation a hitting of the brakes following what had seemed like an unstoppable train ride over the last ten years.  (Source:  Article, "Foundation Giving in '08 Defied Huge Asset Decline", by Stephanie Strom, New York Times, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, page A16).

  •     In the United States of America the index of manufacturing activity compiled by the Institute of Supply Management-a trade group of purchasing executives-stands at 32.4 for the month of December, 2008. The Institute says that "Manufacturing activity continued to decline at a rapid rate during the month of December," according to Norbert J. Ore, who is chairman of the Institute's Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. With this latest drop, the Institute's index has now fallen to its lowest level since  the 30.3% reading recorded in June, 1980, 28 years ago. The Institute also reports at this time that new orders have declined for over a year now-13 straight months of decline, and now stand at their lowest level ever, going back even as far as January of 1948. That index of pending orders fell to just 22.7% in December, 2008; this was a drop of 5.2 % below the 27.9% rat of November, 2008. In addition, and as a natural consequence of the dismal manufacturing and new-order statistics, employment fared poorly in December, 2008. The employment index fell by 4.3% from November's level, to now stand at just 29.9%, and this was the lowest reading for this statistic since November of 1982.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Data Shows Manufacturing Is Suffering In All Corners" by Bettina Wassener in New YorkTimes  Business Day section, Saturday, January 3, 2009, pg. B1 and B4). 

  •     In the United States of America the index of manufacturing activity compiled by the Institute for Supply Management-a trade group of purchasing executives-stands at 36.2 for the month of November, 2008.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Data Shows Manufacturing Is Suffering In All Corners" by Bettina Wassener in New YorkTimes  Business Day section, Saturday, January 3, 2009, pg. B1).


  •     In New York City the number of homeowners facing foreclosure actions rose by 1/3 in November, 2007 compared to the number who were facing such actions in November, 2006. However, this November's figure was actually lower than it had been in October of this year. These foreclosure problems are part of the continuing subprime mortgage "mess", according to an article published in the New York Daily News on December 20, 2007. That report said that an additional 2,848 homeowners in the city had filed foreclosure-related papers in November, 2007, and that this represented one filing for every 1,089 households in the city. The largest number of such new filings was in the borough of Queens, where 1,338 homes had gone into foreclosure proceedings in November. For Queens, this represented a huge 55% jump from last November's number of foreclosure filings-a rate of one filing per every 622 households in the borough. For the United States as a whole, the foreclosure rate was one per every 617 households in November, 2007. Most foreclosure filings in the city were default notices sent by lenders after the borrowers had missed one or more mortgage payments.

        In Manhattan there were only 94 filings, but that was still a jump of 40% over the number which had been filed in November, 2006. The 94 new filings represented a rate of only one filing for every 8,721 households in the borough. In Brooklyn there were 1,078 new filings, or an increase of 19% from the number of filings in Brooklyn in November, 2006. In the Bronx there were just 338 new filings, up only 1% from last November's number of filings. On Staten Island 305 foreclosure actions were filed, and this was a steep 56% increase from the number of such filings in the borough in November, 2006.

        Nationwide, there were 201,950 mortgage foreclosure actions or notices of pending actions in November, 2007--a sharp 6% rise from the number of such actions throughout the nation in November, 2006, but down by 10% from October of 2007. This could indicate that the current mortgage crisis has peaked for the time being, but industry experts are not sure if this is so.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Foreclosures in city hit Queens the hardest" by Lore Croghan in New York Daily News BizNews section, Thursday, December 20, 2007, pg. 49).   


  • The Wednesday, February 22, 2006 edition of USA TODAY  had a report which said that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in its latest annual report was projecting that "Increased spending on hospital care, home health services, drugs and public health programs will  help push total health care spending from its current 16.2% of the economy to 20% in 2015". That would be as big a share of the nation's economy as is taken at this time (2006) by all of the manufacturing sector, according to a quote from Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's (Source:  Report, "Health spending rises at blistering pace" by Julie Appleby, in Moneh Life, Section B, USA TODAY, Wednesday, February 22, 2006, page 1B).
  • The same edition of USA TODAY also carried a report that the U.S. Federal Reserve System  was not ruling out the possibility of its taking further action beyond its recent string of 14 consecutive increases in its key interest rate for banks, despite feeling that that rate is close to its desirable level. The Board feels that inflation still remains a threat which needs to be guarded against, and that a decision on future Fed actions depended upon "the strength of data ahead."  (Source:  Report, "Fed doesn't rule out another rate increase", no author given, Moneyline feature,  Money Life Section, USA TODAY, Wednesday, February 22, 2006, page 1B). 

  • In the United States of America in March, 2006 the national unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 4.7% from last month's rate of 4.8%, and it is now much improved from last March's rate of 5.1%.  (SOURCE:  Report by State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, April 24, 2006--See website at:
  •     In the United States of America in February, 2006 the national unemployment rate was 4.8%. (Source: Report by State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, April 24, 2006--See website at:

  •     In New York City on Sunday, February 19, 2006 the Key Food Supermarket chain advertises a sale on their store brand butter; it is on sale for $1.99 per pound, with use of their "Club Card". Also, "All" brand liquid detergent is on sale for $3.99 per 80-100 ounce container, again with use of their "Card"; without the card, the price for the 80-100 ounce container of "All" is $5.99.  (SOURCE:  Advertisement in New York Daily News, Sunday, February 19, 2006, pg. 37 in Sunday Now section). 

  •     In New York City on Sunday, February 19, 2006, the New York Daily News carries an advertisement which says that a two bedroom unfurnished apartment, with a single bathroom, kitchen, livingroom and diningroom is for rent in a private house in Flushing, Queens, New York City. The monthly rent is advertised as being US$1,400.00.  (SOURCE: Listing in Real Estate Section, New York Daily News, Sunday, February 19, 2006, pg. SPECIALISL 10).

  •     According to a small feature article appearing in the New York Daily News on Sunday, February 19, 2006, the population of the Sunset Park neighborhood of sourthern Brooklyn, New York at that time is 92,718; the median price of a house there is US$ 599,000.00, and the median household income is US$ 30,994.00.  (SOURCE: Feature, "Hometown Neighborhoods Sunset Park Picturesque Views, Bargain Brownstones" by Liz George in Real Estate Section, New York Daily News, Sunday, February 19,  2006, pg. SPECIALISL 10


  •  On Thursday, September 1, 2005 the federal government reported that home prices in the United States of America had increased by 13.4% in the period from April of 2004 to June of this year. According to the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS this was "the biggest increase for a comparable period in more than  quarter-century." The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, which regulates the activities of the mortgage-finance agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac called this development the latest confirmation of the housing market boom which has raised American home sales to record heights even as the prices of those homes have risen dramatically.  (SOURCE:  Report: "Fed chief: right or wrong? Sees housing decline" by Lore Croghan Daily News Business Writer, in YOUR MONEY Section, New York Daily News, Friday, September 2, 2005, page 45).


  •     In the United States of America in early August, 2002 the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index fell slightly to a reading of 87.9, from a level of 88.1 in July, 2002. This is the lowest level for this measure of consumer well-being since November of last year. Before this actual reading was published, the consensus among those who report on its findings had been for a reading of 88.3. This index is pegged to a reading of 100 for consumer sentiment in December, 1964. However, despite the overall slight drop in the index, the curent-conditions section (which asks consumers about their present financial situations) actuall showed a slight rise. (SOURCE: Reuters News Service report, "Data Indicate U.S. Recovery Is Still Fragile" carried in New York Times Business section on Saturday, August 17, 2002, pg. C3). 

  •     In the United States of America the Labor Department reported that the Consumer Price Index barely rose at all in July, 2002, inching up just 0.1%, and this matched the slight increase for June, 2002.  If the costs of food and energy-which can vary widely on a monthly basis-are excluded, the so-called "core index" rose by 0.2% in July, on the heels of just a 0.1% rise in June. To economists, this amounts to almost no inflation at all, and they feel that this environment gives the Federal Reserve room to decrease its benchmark federal funds rate, which now stands at just 1.75% (the lowest it has been in 40 years),  should such a move prove to be needed in the future.  (Source:  Reuters News Service report, "Data Indicate U.S. Recovery Is Still Fragile" carried in New York Times Business section on Saturday, August 17, 2002, pg.C3).

  •     In the United States of America housing starts fell in July, 2002, according to a report by the U.S. Commerce Department. This is a second monthly decline for this measure of the housing industry, but activity is still robust by historical standards, and is being helped by the current historically low level of interest rates. The drop was by 2.7% from June's level, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.649 million units. The Commerce Department has also revised the figures for building activity in June; the level last month is now reported to have been a 2.7% decline from May's activity, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.695 million units.  (SOURCE:  Reuters News Service report, "Data Indicate U.S. Recovery Is Still Fragile" carried in New York Times Business section on Saturday, August 17, 2002, pg. C3). 


  •     An article in the New York Times on May17, 2000 said that the U. S. Federal Reserve Board had raised its target interest rate on May 16, 2000 by half a percentage point-the largest such increase of the past six increases, and that, since June of last year the economic boom has continued and economic growth has accelerated. The Times said that housing starts, industrial production and inflation were all on the rise, while the labor market was tightening, with the unemployment rate falling. The Federal Reserve Board was quoted as saying that, "Increases in demand have remained in excess of even the rapid pace of productivity-driven gains in potential supply, exerting continued pressure on resources,".  (SOURCE:  Article, "Fed Administers Dose No. 6 Of Its Economic Sedative",  by Floyd Norris, Business Section, New York Times, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, pages C1 and C9).

  •     An Associated Press report carried in the New York Times on Wednesday, May 17, 2000 said that "A robust economy kept shoppers in the buying mood in the first quarter [of 2000]...".  (SOURCE:  report, "Profit Up at 2 Retailers, but Penney Drops" by the Associated Press, in New York Times, Business Section, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page C25). 

  •     On Wednesday, May 17, 2000 the New York Times carried a Bloomberg News Service report which said that consumers saw no change in the prices of goods which they purchased in April of that year, after they had increased by 0.7% in March, and that there was an increase in the construction of new homes, according to government reports cited by Bloomberg. This indicated, according to Bloomberg, "that the economy was expanding with little to no inflation." The report said that the costs of air travel, clothing and gasoline had dropped, while the costs of medical care, food and housing had gone up in April. This was also the first time since June of 1999 that there was no increase in the Consumer Price Index. In April of 2000 new housing starts were up by 2.8% to an annual rate of  1.663 million units, with apartments and other multiple-unit developments leading the way. However, permits for future construction fell, possibly due to the effects of higher mortgage costs, forecasting a slowing in the building industry. On the good news side, average weekly earnings, adjusted for inflation, actually rose by 0.7% in April to  reverse the 0.5% drop in earnings which occurred in March.  (SOURCE: report, "Retail Prices Unchanged Last Month" by Bloomberg News Service, in New York Times, Business Section, Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page C25).


  •     The New York Times reported on Saturday, November 6, 1999 that "Bond yields moved lower" on Friday, November 5, 1999, "within minutes after the [good] unemployment report was released" by the government. The Times reported that "The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond fell to 6.05 percent from 6.10 percent Thursday."  The price of that bond, which moves inversely to the yield, rose 19/32, to close at 101 1/32.  (SOURCE:  Report, "Favorable News on Jobs and Inflation Lifts Equity Prices", by Kenneth N. Gilpin, New York Times Business Section, Saturday, November 6, 1999, page C3).












  •    On Wednesday, January 7 of 1998 the New York Times reported that the United States Departmnt of Commerce had released a report on Tuesday, January 6 of 1998 which said that Amrican factories had booked the largest increase in new orders in 14 months in November of last year, but that most of that increase had been concentrated in just one indusry: the aircraft industry. In contrast to the aircraft industry, the government report said that other industries showed signs of reduced activity. The overall increase of 2.5 %, to a seasonally adjusted level of US$345.1 billion marked the sixth consecutive rise for this measure, and followed a revised increase of 1/10 of 1%  in October 1997, according to the Commerce Department report. There was a surge in Transportation orders by 21%, and that was the greatest increase for that sector since July of 1991.Separateing out the aircraft industry, it had a doubling of new orders, and economists surveyed by the Times said that many airlines around the world needed to replace heir older-model planes. If he effects of the large increase for the transportation industry is removed from the figures, according to the Times, new orders actually dropped by 3/4 of 1% in November, following a decline in October of last year. Capital goods such as factory machinery used to make other products showed a 1.5% decline when transportation and military orderswere excluded from the count. Cheryl Katz, an economist at Merrill Lynch said, "That may be one of the first signs that the Asian crisis is beginning to affect the U.S. markets, given that about half the capital goods produced in the United States are exported."  (Source:  Report, "Factory Orders Boom, but Mosgtly for Planes", by the Associated Press, in Business Section, New York Times, Wednesday, January 7, 1998, page D9). 


  •     In the United States of America the government reported on Thursday, October 9, 1997 that first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits had declined to an almost nine-year low level. The U. S. Department of Labor reported on Thursday that such claims had fallen by 5,000 in the week which ended on October 4, 1997 to a seasonally adjusted level of just 304,000. This is the fourth consecutive week in which such first-time filings have failed to rise above a level of 310,000, and that is the longest sustained period below that level since the first five weeks of 1989. This trend indicates that the labor supply may not be growing quickly enough to fill  the demand by industry for workers, and that the relartive scarcity of available workers may force employers to raise the general salary level to attract needed employees.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Jobless Claims Hit 9-Year Low" by Bloomberg News, in New York Newsday Business Section,  Friday, October 10, 1997, pg. A65).

  •     In the United States of America, major retailers reported on Thursay, October 9, 1997 that sales in September, 1997 were at a disappointingly low level because unusually warm weather that month had depressed demand for fall clothing and other merchandise. Specialty retailers in the women's clothing field suffered the largest sales decline, and these included AnnTaylor Stores, The Limited, and Talbots. Smaller-scale retailers reported that they were also affected by the weather-induced lack of sales volume.  (SOURCE:  Article, "Jobless Claims Hit 9-Year Low" by Bloomberg News, in New York Newsday Business Section, Friday, October 10, 1997, pg. A65). 


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  •      By some time in 1978 deposits in American banks have grown to the point that the DIME SAVINGS BANK OF NEW YORK, a state-chartered mutual (depositor-owned) institution, by itself could report having US$ 4 billion in deposits on its books.  (SOURCE:  See website for DIME SAVINGS BANK here:)



  •      On December 26, 1975 the Queens Tribune weekly newspaper carried an advertisement for the Reliance Federal Savings and Loan Association of New York, in which the bank said that it was currently paying 5.25% interest for an annual yield of 5.47% on Day of deposit to day of withdrawal accounts; its highest interest-rate offering was an 8.17% yield on 7.75% 6-year certificate savings accounts.  (SOURCE:  Reliance Federal Savings and Loan Association advertisement in Queens Tribune, December 26, 1975, page 6).



  •      For the year ended on October 31, 1970, weekly earnings for workers in the United States have inceased 3.2% over what they had been a year ago, but these gains are more than eclipsed by the nation's strongest inflation in 20 years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will announce on November 6, 1970 that purchasing power for those workers is now 2.5% less than it ahd been  in October, 1969.  (SOURCE:  New York Daily News, November 7, 1970, page 22).

  • For the month ended on June 30 of this year in the United States of America the total volume of commercial paper outstanding has dropped from the amount which was outstanding in May of this year. This is the first month-to-month drop in 19 months, as businesses  have switched to other forms of borrowing. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports volume outstanding at US$ 38.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, down by US$ 993 million from the record of US$ 39.5 billion in May of this year. Commercial paper normally declines in June because businesses  need cash for tax or dividend payments.  (SOURCE:  New York Daily News, July16, 1970, page 52).  

  •      For the month ending on April 30, 1970, the National Industrial Conference Board's index of help-wanted advertising has dropped again, and now stands 20% below last autumn's high mark.  (SOURCE:  Business Week, May 30, 1970, page 19).


  •     In the month that ended on May 31, 1969, the growth of savings deposits at this nation's savings and loan associations stands at the lowest level for any May month since 1958, according to a report from the  U. S. Savings and Loan League that is released on  June 19, 1969 in Washington, D.C.

        The League estimates that there has been a gain of US$ 560 million in such savings deposits for May, 1969, but that that growth was down by a large 26% from the US$ 757 million that had been deposited by the nation's savers in May, 1968. The League also said that this latest figure is below the average total  deposits  for the month of May  over the last decade; that latter figure was said to be US$ 806 million, meaning that this May's figure is down by 30.5% from that level.  (SOURCE:  New York Daily News,  June 20, 1969, pg. 54).





  •     By the end of 1914 in the United States of America the total of all funds on deposit in savings accounts with American banks stands at US$ 17.4 billion [in 1914 dollars]. SOURCE:  THE GREAT DEPRESSION  AMERICA IN THE 1930s  by T. H. Watkins  Back Bay Books Little, Brown and Company  New York, Boston, London  ((paperback))  2009, pg. 35). [In terms of 2008 dollars, this would be over US$ 378.260 billion, according to an inflation calculator devised by   Robert C. Sahr of the Political Science Department at Oregon State University--G. Dempsey]





        In the decade from 1951 until 1961, close to 10,000 jobs in the financial, business, and  communication sectors were created in Quebec City, Canada, but this was less than the number of jobs that were created in the social services, commercial, industrial, personnel, and public sectors.  (SOURCE:  An Historical Guide To Quebec-Yves Tessier (paperback), pg. 27).



        On Tuesday, June 26, 2001, the NEW YORK TIMES carried a report that said that the Confederation of Indian Industry, which is that country's most influential trade organization, had requested Pakistan to reciprocate and to grant most favored nation trade status to India. This request was in advance of a planned summit meeting between the Indian and Pakistani leaders which is to take place in Agra in July of this year. The Confederation estimated the potential value of trade between the two countries at US$ 5 billion by the year 2005. This would be up from the present trade level of US$ 800 million. "Enhanced economic coopoeration would also contribute to stability in the region," the Confederation said.